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U2 formed in 1978 after Larry Mullen pinned a 'musicians wanted' ad to the notice board at Dublin's Temple Mount School. Adam Clayton had discovered rock'n'roll as a thirteen year old, buying his first acoustic guitar and then talking his parents into buying him a bass guitar. 'It just sounded good to me. Deep and fat and satisfying.'

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001FS1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gloria
2. I Fall Down
3. I Threw A Brick Through A Window
4. Rejoice
5. Fire
6. Tomorrow
7. October
8. With A Shout
9. Stranger In A Strange Land
10. Scarlet
11. Is That All?

Editorial Reviews

Long a favorite of U2's original core following, October not only avoids the sophomore slump, but adds an edgy, emotional resonance to the buoyant self-confidence they showed on their debut, Boy. Though producer Steve Lillywhite deserves mention for helping effectively frame the material with production that manages to be both stark and atmospherically murky, this is the music where Bono, Edge, and company first show the potential that would make them superstars. Lacking the sometimes ham-fisted polemics that would mar War, The Joshua Tree, and later works, October has an oft-tortured sense of emotional and philosophical ambivalence that only underscores concerns that range from the crypto-spiritualist yearnings of "Gloria" and "Rejoice" to more anxious moments like "I Fall Down," "I Threw a Brick Through a Window," and "Fire." In retrospect, they may have peaked early. --Jerry McCulley

Product Description

October U2 Label: Island Release Date: 6/15/1990 1 Gloria - 4:12 2 I Fall Down - 3:39 3 I Threw a Brick Through a Window - 4:54 4 Rejoice - 3:38 5 Fire - 3:52 6 Tomorrow - 4:39 7 October - 2:21 8 With a Shout - 4:02 9 Stranger in a Strange Land - 3:56 10 Scarlet - 2:53 11 Is That All? - 3:01

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Work March 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
U2 have always had an undercurrent of spirituality and religiousness running through their music. Growing up in a country that is literally divided by faith, the band members were obviously influenced by religion. October is their most overtly religious album where songs like "Rejoice", "Fire", "I Fall Down" and "Is That All?" find the band searching for answers to higher questions. "Gloria" opens up the album with a punch as the song which starts off with a driving guitar riff before ending up with a hymn-like closing. "Tomorrow" is one of their most Irish sounding songs and the title track is a strong instrumental. "I Threw A Brick Through A Window" and "Stranger In A Strange Land" are more in a political bent. October was only the band's second album and shows a that they could build on the tremendous potential that they showed on their debut release.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars U2's most underrated album November 19, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This album is overlooked so much and is always so underrated, and that upsets me because it has some great music on it. The music and lyrics on this album are almost completely about the struggle U2 had in their early days with Christianity and Rock and Roll. And although that's probably one of the reasons why it's overlooked so much, it's also one of the reasons why it's great. The album opens with "Gloria", which has lyrics that are commonly mistaken as being Bono talking to a girl, but are really a reference to God. It is the most popular song on the album, and one of the best on it, but not the best. My favorite song on the album is "Tomorrow", a song that's about Bono's mother and Christianity. Other classics on the album are "I Fall Down", "Fire", "Rejoice", and the title track "October". This is the most underrated U2 album, and a lot of people consider it their worst work, but I don't. If you're a U2 fan at all, this album is a must-have.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best.... November 29, 2006
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This is one of the most satisfying U2 albums. Very underrated. Upon a first listen, I think alot of people will find this album bland, but it is incredibly complex for a sophmoric album, particularly since Bono's lyrics had been stolen immediately prior to recording this album. It's incredible that they were still able to complete this album. It really shows a maturity from Boy and points to the direction that would happen with War, Joshua Tree, etc.. Highlights include Gloria, Rejoice, I Threw a Brick Through a Window. My favorite U2 song of all time is Tomorrow. The texture of this song is incredible. I can't find any info on any session musicians that may have played on this album but I am sure that Tomorrow starts with Uillian Pipes. Awesome. This album is definitely in my top 4 or 5 from U2 (1. Joshua Tree, 2. Achtung Baby, 3. War, 4. October, 5. All That You Can't..). Enjoy!!!

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars U2's most spiritual album March 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Most people when they think of U2 usually don't think of spirituality, but if you've read any of their biographies or really paid attention to their lyrics then you would know different.
Anyway, I've followed U2 since their beginning in 1979, and I must say that I believe in my opinion that this is their best album. For the emotion, because Bono's mother had passed away before its release and for its spirituality because I believe Bono's "walk" was stronger then than it is now, but that is another discussion.
However, October opens with "Gloria" giving thanks to God in latin during its chorus which so many people get confused thinking that Bono is talking to a girl but he's not. "I Threw a Brick Through a Window" is amazing. Bono is talking about being trapped in sin but being able to find forgiveness through his "brother" and through Christ. "Rejoice" is so obvious. "Tomorrow" is probably my favorite in that Bono is crying out to two people: his mother and to Jesus. The rest of the album deals with him dealing with his emotions of his mom passing and incorporating it with the love of his faith. And the music as always is amazing. What else could you expect from U2! (Other albums by U2 that are similar to October in lyrical content would be Unforgettable Fire, War, and The Joshua Tree.)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars October: Early Springtime in U2's Career January 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The mere fact that you're looking at U2's October is sufficient to conclude that you owe it to yourself to buy this album. Only a bona-fide U2 fan would go looking back to a 1981 album, released prior to the band's trajectory into rock superstardom, and think about buying it.
October is one of those select albums that I've now owned on vinyl, cassette, and now compact disc. This album has been an indispensable part of my music collection for 20 years. On this album, you clearly hear a band full of passion with the nascent ability to create timeless rock anthems. All the underpinnings of the legendary U2 are here, perceptible but unrefined. Through subsequent releases, you can trace the band's growth and evolution into one of the greatest bands in the history of rock music.
Though not as musically accomplished or commercially successful as U2's later albums, October stands independently as a great work. U2's raw energy pervades the album, and when coupled with the band's adroit songwriting, October compares favorably to many of the best rock albums of the last 30 years. There's an obvious post-punk melodic feel to the songs here, elevated by overtly sociopolitical lyrics. I love October's unapologetic religiosity; for me this makes the album infinitely more stirring and meaningful. U2 also experiments with a variety of musical textures, honing in on what is to become the band's enormous signature sound. Truthfully, there isn't a dispensable track on this album; every song contributes uniquely to October's forceful appeal.
And that brings me back to my opening statement. If you've read this much of my review, then there's no doubt you should get yourself a copy of October. You'll be rewarded with not only a collection of great songs but also a better understanding of the estimable foundations of one of the greatest bands in the history of rock music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great addition to my U2 collection
Published 1 month ago by Sindi
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it because it shows their innocence and reliance on ...
This album runs deep with Christian spirituality and the outcomes of personal loss. I love it because it shows their innocence and reliance on God as they begin to act on their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by christopherbubniak
5.0 out of 5 stars U2 rules!
OCTOBER is a good U2 album, if you were a fan of BOY then OCTOBER is must have, makes you wish they would revisit their sound today and stop making the crap they make today. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MUSICFAN89
5.0 out of 5 stars Is That All You Want from Me?
I'll readily admit that this is a very personal and soothing album for me. In fact, I've labeled it as my "Don't Panic" record. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey, Don't Forget About Me!
October is probably U2's most overlooked album(if you don't count the non-official Passengers album). Read more
Published 18 months ago by W. Gorga
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock roll albumns
This is U2 infancy and you can identify Edge's guitar signature, a real master piece and the lyrics are among the best ever from U2.
Published 20 months ago by Paulo Baioni
4.0 out of 5 stars MY COPY did NOT include the 2nd b-side cd- songs-Before Bono was...
MY PACKAGE did NOT include a 2nd b-side cd

Before Bono was turning tricks with his crucifix and before Bono told Chicago based Cornerstone magazine Jesus People USA at... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Alto
3.0 out of 5 stars GOT GOOD MOMENTS...
This is one of the albuns by U2 that i care less...The first U2 albuns are really bad produced, and U2 until WAR are too fresh and without the skills they developed on future... Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Rio Fluzão
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album from early U2
U2 / October: Apparently making up the lyrics in the studio (or so the legend says) it is not the lyrics that seem underdeveloped but the performances themselves. Read more
Published on January 8, 2012 by J. Bynum
4.0 out of 5 stars Rejoice
Sounding fervent, immediate, and inspired, "October" is a release whose lyrical content is about mastering the turbulent universe inside of ourselves by surrendering our will to... Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by kabalabonga
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